Teacher-Written Lesson

Pixar’s Wall-E: Can a “Robot” Teach Us What It Means to be Human?

  • Written by Veronica Burchard
  • 45 minutes, plus time to watch the film

Lesson Overview

There's something so human about the little robot Wall-E and something so familiar about his seemingly-never-ending quest to process the garbage he's been tasked with collecting on earth. And yet, despite (because of?) his desolate, forgtten surroundings, he seeks out and protects beautiful things. His favorite seems to be an old VHS tape of a musical, with cheerful music and its slow zoom-in on couples dancing and holding hands. And what does Wall-E want to do with these precious objects he has collected? First and foremost, he longs to share them with someone. Maybe the movie Wall-E isn't really about a robot. This discussion-based lesson uses Wall-E and a blog post by Glenn McCarty at StoryWarren as a starting point to talk about what it means to be human. 

Recommended For

Grade Level: High School, Middle School

Subject: English, Film, Religion, Core USCCB Curriculum, Life in Jesus Christ

Learner: Traditional Classroom, Homeschooled Students

Tagged as: wall-e,  pixar,  love,  beauty

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